* * * Challenge #186 -- Ell Composition * * *

Started Jun 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Zindanfel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,923
* * * Challenge #186 -- Ell Composition * * *

Your theme for Challenge #186 is "Ell Composition." Significant elements in the picture should work together to guide the viewer's eye through an L-shaped path.

Of course the L can be in any orientation -- left, right, upside down, on its back, or on its face. In fact, you're also free to shoot your entry pics while sitting, reclining, leaning, or prone.

Looking through my own photo files made me aware how little I've used the ell in framing shots, and the need to give this aspect of composition more attention.

A helpful and concise description of L-Composition is available here:


The competition runs from now, June 7, 2012 to 9pm (GMT) on Monday, June 18, 2012. At that time the galleries will be closed and the voting will commence with a new thread.

Voting period is from 9pm (2100) GMT June 18th to 9 pm (2100) GMT June 20th.

The winner in the competition gallery normally hosts the following challenge.

Newcomers are totally welcome and encouraged to join the fun. Just post here if you need assistance to get images into the gallery or if you are not certain what's going on. We all started off clueless and make the same mistakes.

To post a photo in any of the galleries, just select the gallery of choice:

Competition, or Exhibition, or Originals. On the top of the page you will see "edit this gallery", click on that and it will ask for a password. Enter "kickass" (don't ask, just keep it lower case) and you should be able to make it from there. If you still need assistance, ask and you shall be answered. More often than not, the answer is even the right one!

Add your forum name after your entry's title (makes voting easier). To make image sizes manageable, we need to max out at 750 pixels square, which is still more pixels than the usual 800x600. And please observe the files size max of 200kb. Pbase hosts our challenges at no cost to us, so please respect this generosity by keeping your file size reasonable. Finally, ensure the EXIF data is intact for the competition, with the date it was taken.

Starting gallery - contains the other galleries and a link to the general rules:


Competition gallery - for pictures taken to the theme with a 4/3 or µ4/3 camera, during the entry period June 7 -June 18:


Exhibition gallery - for pictures taken to the theme at any time, with any camera:


Originals gallery - if you want to show how the original photo looked before you modified it:


If your clock doesn't show GMT, here is the time calculator found by Catman:


May the creative juices unleashed in our last outing, "Abstract," continue to flow!

Give 'em 'ell!

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